CIF Esports Initative

CIF Esports Initiative Philosophy and Purpose

The CIF, through a partnership with PlayVS, is providing a platform and guidance for CIF member schools to participate in electronic competitions, commonly referred to as esports. It is our strong belief that the CIF is the best education-based entity to assist schools statewide by providing a platform for participation in competitions that includes rules, regulations, participation standards as per California Education Code and review of appropriate games. Student engagement is a key element of a positive school climate with significant research linking it to academic achievement, this outreach provides our schools with a safe, structured education-based opportunity to engage students to compete at their high school.  

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Esports Guidelines


Why Esports

How to Start an Esport Program

Parents Guide to Esports


Coaches Resources

Coaches Checklist


Hardware/Network Specifications

Technical Resources


What is League of Legends?

League of Legends Rulebook


What is Smite?

Smite Rulebook


What is Rocket League?

Rocket League Rulebook


PlayVS Help Center


Additional PlayVs Information


School Registration Deadline: 10/11/2019

Preseason Start: 10/14/2019

Player Registration Deadline: 10/18/2019

Regular Season: 10/21/2019 - 12/16/2019 (8 weeks)

Playoffs Start: 1/7/2019

Championships: Tentatively mid-end of January


  • 10/19/2019: Weeks 1-2 schedule released
  • 11/2/2019: Weeks 3-5 schedule released
  • 11/23/2019: Weeks 6-8 schedule released

Game Days & Times

  • Tuesdays: League of Legends 
  • Thursdays: Rocket League and SMITE
  • Start Time for all the above: 4:00 pm PST


  • Participation fee is $64/player per season. 


For more information about the CIF Esports Initiative contact PlayVS and CIF at